>The 2009 World Series of Poker has now reached its finale with the first two flights of the Main Event heating up the Rio Hotel and Casino over the last few days. The opening flight saw 1,116 players take to the felt with the decision made the just play four levels to avoid the potential situation of getting too close to the money before the players merged into one field.
Several Australians took to the felt with cricketing legend Shane Warne have a tremendous day on the felt. He ended the day with 87,625 to be ranked in the top 35 chip counts, but the honour of top Australian went to ANZPT Sydney champion Paren “Puzz” Arzoomanian who topped the Aussies in 23rd place with an impressive 98,825 in chips.
Other Australian players to survive day 1a play included Steve Leonard, Jay Kinkade, Kristian Lunardi, Jamie Pickering, Manny Stavropolous, Aleks Brkovic and of course Tony G who doubled up early but ended the day with 42,325 in chips.
Day 1b saw a slightly smaller field of 873 players take to the felt with Grant Levy leading the Australian charge. Levy had a strong day to finish well placed heading into Day 2 play.
David Steicke was an early casualty while good friend Andrew Scott survived a little longer but also succumbed before the end of the day’s play.
Chris Levick, Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Rayan Nathan and Sam Khouiss all survived the day’s action.
Tomorrow we’ll see one of the bigger opening flights of the Main Event with Day 1c expected to attract close to 2,000 players before a massive field is expected for Day 1d to put the total number of players close to, but a little short of, the mark set last year.
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